BLOOMINGTON - The Pantagraph's 22nd annual Student of the Year college scholarship competition has nominated five students in its 10th week.
The program, sponsored by The Pantagraph, includes 33 Central Illinois high schools. Each school will nominate candidates whose profiles will appear in The Pantagraph every Monday through the middle of January. The students are eligible to compete for one of two $5,000 Student of the Year awards.
The students for this week are Elena Depoister of Woodland High School; Katie Ferrie and Chelsea Wallace, both of Heyworth High School; and Brad Follmer and Amanda Kelly, both of Pontiac Township High School.
Selections are based upon several criteria, including scholastic achievement, involvement in school activities, leadership, responsibility, ambition and community involvement. Financial need is not a consideration.
The number of Students of the Week will vary based on the school's enrollment. Schools with 500 or more students will nominate three seniors. Those with 200 to 499 students will nominate two seniors. Schools with fewer than 200 students will nominate one senior.
In February, a panel will screen the weekly nominees, based on student applications and grade transcripts, and choose 10 students from schools with enrollments of more than 500, and 10 students from schools with enrollments of fewer than 500.
These 20 students will be the finalists and will be asked to complete essay questions, submit college test scores and conduct an interview in March with a panel of judges. The judges will name two $5,000 Student of the Year winners - one from the larger schools and one from the smaller schools.
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This week's nominees are
Depoister, daughter of Ken and Kim Depoister of Streator, attends Woodland High School, where she is a member of National Honor Society; won the Robert G. Appel Citizenship Award; was usher for 2005 graduation; and a member of Key Club; student council; class officer, treasurer as freshman and president as sophomore, junior and senior; FFA; and prom committee. She also has been involved in volleyball; softball; basketball; and football statistician.
Ferrie, daughter of Ken and Jeanenne Ferrie of Heyworth, attends Heyworth High School, where she is a member of National Honor Society; won the HOBY Award; and is a member of Key Club; FFA; Spanish Club; speech team; and marching band.
Follmer, son of Michael and Mary Follmer of Graymont, attends PTHS, where he is a member of National Honor Society; won the mathematics achievement award; and is a member of Tri-M Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; band; Key Club; FFA; math team; and PTHS student health advisory board. He also has been involved in track.
Kelly, daughter of Timothy and Mary Kelly of Pontiac, attends PTHS, where she is a member of National Honor Society; won science awards in biology, chemistry and physics; accepted as Bradley University Presidential Scholar; and is a member of student council; Key Club; math team; curriculum advisory committee; and drug-free steering committee. She also has been involved in junior varsity and varsity volleyball and basketball; and junior varsity softball.
Wallace, daughter of Stephen and Susan Wallace of Heyworth, attends Heyworth High, where she was Student of the Month; a member of Key Club; speech team; National Forensics League; study buddy; WYSE; band; and all-conference band.